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Town & Country Circuit Rider Retreat

Michigan Town & Country Ministries Presents the 50th Annual Circuit Rider Retreat Featuring Keynote Speaker Bishop David A. Bard   Open to ALL pastors and spouses serving smaller, single and multiple-point churches.  The retreat is also open to retired pastors who have attended in the past.   Join us at the West Branch Quality Inn… Continue Reading Town & Country Circuit Rider Retreat

UMW mark historic first

First gathering of Michigan UMW celebrates 150

Howell UMC was the scene of the first Annual Celebration of Michigan Conference UMW. They now move ‘together toward tomorrow.’

Advent gifts heal disasters’ pain

Heal hurts from disaster with UMCOR

Again this Advent, Bishop David Bard asks The Michigan Conference to help heal human suffering with generous contributions to disaster recovery efforts both around the world and across the state.

A song of hope for a crazy world

Song features a baby duck

Admitting that the times we live in can be terrifying, Bishop David Bard turns to a Country Western song and a poem to wish The Michigan Area a blessed Thanksgiving.

Surf’s up and God is there

During a hurricane the surf's up.

Reflecting on scripture and a classic rock song, Surf’s Up, Bishop David Bard invites everyone into God’s creative work in the world and in the church.

Bishop Bard clarifies disaffiliation info

Bishop Thomas Bickerton clarifies a point with colleagues

Because of voting irregularities, the legislation passed at GC 2019, concerning churches leaving the denomination, is under question. Bishop Bard claries the effect for Michigan.

Seeing differently

Pastor seeing and greeting children and parents at the border

Bishop David Bard asks God to give everyone new eyes; eyes for seeing beyond racism to respond to parents and their children at the U.S.-Mexico border in a new light.

Bishop Bard offers ‘Room for Grace’

Corey Simon conversation with Bishop Bard

Want to learn more about the recently announced Bard-Jones Plan for Unity in The UMC? Listen to this 36-minute podcast, Room for Grace, hostd by Pastor Corey Simon.

Bishops Bard and Jones seek unity

BIshop Bard and colleagues consult Discipline on future course of UMC.

On July 10 UM News released a report of a “New Form of Unity,” proposed by Bishops David Bard (Michigan) and Scott Jones (Texas). Read the report and more comments from Bishop Bard.

AC 2019 is ‘greenhouse for leadership’

Persons holding placards during opening worship

The Michigan Annual Conference celebrated Bold and Effective Leadership, and now moves forward — with wisdom, courage, and heart — for mission and ministry in a changing world.

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